"If you opened Grandma's refrigerator, it looked like all she ate was yogurt, cottage cheese, and sour cream. But if you took a closer look you realized that there were odds and ends of all sorts of things in those reused containers-- bits of casserole, leftovers, slices of pie all stored in rinsed-out yogurt and cottage cheese containers"
-Shauna Niequist, from the book Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way
This project was unlike anything that I've ever been commissioned to do, it's more similar to the projects I do for school than something people typically invest their money in. I went into the situation as an undercover folklorist, pretending this was for a class. I was welcomed, fed and given more than I expected. This family's rich tradition is something that they now have frozen in time, when the great-grandkids come along, they'll be able to not only hear about this thing that used to happen on Sundays at grandma's house, hopefully they'll still be having Sunday dinner, as well as this video to show what it used to look like. This project was a marriage of many things that I love, true stories, celebrating what's right with the world, family and visual storytelling. Thanks to the Davis family + Joanna for making this happen and telling me that after my second Sunday dinner, I'm now considered family and always welcome back. You are a rich family, rich by your love.
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